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News from January 10, 2014

January 11

Maine mining rules get initial approval from board

The new regulations are aimed at boosting the industry, but critics are fearful of creating pollution.

January 11

Verso Paper to idle Bucksport mill for two weeks

The company employs about 560 workers at the mill.

January 10

Maine communities will pay less for waste disposal

Ecomaine is eliminating annual assessment fees, which will cut costs in half for its members.

January 10

Target: Pre-Christmas data breach affected up to 70M customers

The company had previously reported that 40 million customers had their personal information stolen.

January 10

Brunswick inns’ name dispute not over

Because of the similar names, visitors and even emergency responders have gone to the wrong location.

January 10

Portland considers shopping bag fee: 10¢

It would apply to grocery and convenience stores, and seeks to reduce waste and litter. But critics see drawbacks.

January 10

Road to smartcars’ future paved with legal speed bumps

The technology to run them is called ‘ready to go,’ but insurance and regulatory issues loom.

January 10

Discount war takes toll on profits

Retailers report the holiday season didn’t generate sufficient traffic or spur enough purchases of full-priced merchandise.

January 10


January 10

New ferry joins Casco Bay Lines' islands fleet

The Wabanaki, the passenger fleet's latest addition, arrives with some improvements.

January 10

Merger of Maine hospitals saves them $2 million

One efficiency from consolidation is the shifting of births from the Sanford facility to Biddeford to help cover a budget shortfall.

January 10

Federal deficit shrinking at a rapid pace

The government reports the red ink was almost 40 percent less than the same period one year earlier.